Keep these 10 things with you and you’ll always be prepared!
1. Cough drops— Sometimes we all get an unexpected tickle in our throat that we can’t seem to get rid of. To avoid interrupting the peaceful nature of your client’s massage with your throat clearing, keep some cough drops handy!
2. A fan—Your patient’s want to feel comfortable while receiving their massage and odds are that you want to be comfortable while treating them! There is nothing worse than a hot, stuffy room when a patient is trying to relax.
3. Hair ties—It’s easy to forget to grab a hair tie to put on your wrist when you’re rushing out the door in the morning. There may be times when a client lays down on the treatment table only to realize that they don’t have a way to tie their hair back.
4. Hand sanitizer—As a massage therapist you come into physical contact with other people throughout the day. In order to ensure that you are taking the steps to protect the health of your patients, invest in a bottle of hand sanitizer and use it in between appointments.
5. Kleenex—Tissues can be used for a variety of reasons. You can grab a Kleenex to wipe your hands before moving on to other body parts throughout the massage (especially after massaging the feet). There may come a time when a client has to sneeze or when you feel the urge to!
6. A wall mirror—-Sometimes a client might have to return to work after his or her massage appointment. A mirror is a great asset to your practice as it allows your patients to make themselves more presentable after their massage.
7. Sanitary wipes—A patient may come into their appointment hot and sweaty from outside. In these instances, they may request a towel or something to wipe themselves down with before the session begins.
8. Various music choices—It’s fun to mix up the music in your practice. Sticking with the same CD or playlist may bore your patients and you want to keep them happy. A variety of music will ensure that their ears are being introduced to new tunes on the regular.
9. Water—Hydration is key. Having cold water on hand is always a smart move. Make it a habit to offer your patient a water bottle before their treatment begins.
10. A wide, but short stepping stool—Most often, your clients are able to get themselves on the massage table without too much trouble. However, you never know when someone might need a little extra help.